The first edition of South Africa’s premier franchise T20 League is scheduled to commence on the 10th January 2023.
A total of 33 matches are slated to be played with six franchise sides battling it out – MI Cape Town (Reliance), Pretoria Capitals (JSW), Paarl Royals (Royals Sports Group), Durban Super Giants (RPG-Sanjiv Goenka), Johannesburg Super Kings (India Cements), and Sunrisers Eastern Cape (Sunrisers Hyderabad owner Kaviya Maran). Who is going to win it, is anyone’s guess, however, we have below outlined all the player squads, the venues and the fixtures schedule to give the complete lowdown on the tournament and for all your SA20 betting requirements, visit betway
The SA20 League Commissioner Graeme Smith aims to make the competition the second most successful after the Indian Premier League. He also mentioned that the league will play a major role in the growth of International cricket in South Africa.
In his own words, “The goal of SA20 is to get South Africa cricket back to the place we all know it belongs – competing with India, competing with the likes of England and Australia and keeping the international game strong.” He further stated, “We have that opportunity now through the partners we have been able to attract – the six teams, we are going to put sixty to eighty of South African players on the map and bring that fandom to India and the new heroes will come to the IPL and play for South Africa all around the world – that’s out goal. We want to build something vibrant and be able to build the biggest league outside India is something that we would really love to achieve.”
In the auction that took place in Capetown, a total of R125 million was spent.
Tristan Stubbs fetched the maximum pay cheque of R9.2 million while Donovan Ferreira of Joburg Super Kings sold at R5.5 million.
International stars like Jos Buttler, Eoin Morgan, Moeen Ali and Rashid Khan are taking part in the tournament as well as the likes of Jason Holder, Jimmy Neesham and Alzarri Joseph.
On paper, Paarl Royals look a very strong unit with players like Jos Buttler, David Miller, Eoin Morgan and Lungi Ngidi in their squad.
Sunrisers Eastern Cape are also a competitive side with Aiden Markram, Tristan Stubbs, Jon Jon Smuts and Tom Abell being a part of their squad.
With Rashid Khan, Dewald Brevis and Sam Curran in their squad, Mumbai Indians Cape Town will also look to flex their muscles in the tournament.
The other three teams also have good players but the above mentioned teams are more likely to leave an impact in the tournament with their skillset.
Let’s have a look at the player squads:
David Miller, Ferisco Adams, Corbin Bosch, Jos Buttler, Bjorn Fortuin, Evan Jones, Wihan Lubbe, Obed McCoy, Imraan Manack, Eoin Morgan, Lungi Ngidi, Jason Roy, Tabraiz Shamsi, Ramon Simmonds, Mitchell van Buuren, Dane Vilas, Codi Yusuf.
Durban Super Giants
Quinton de Kock, Kyle Abbott, Matthew Breetzke, Johnson Charles, Simon Harmer, Jason Holder, Christian Jonker, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Kyle Mayers, Wiaan Mulder, Keemo Paul, Dwaine Pretorius, Reece Topley, Prenelan Subrayen, Dilshan Madushanka, Junior Dala.
Eathan Bosch, Theunis de Bruyn, Shane Dadswell, Cameron Delport, Daryn Dupavillon, Will Jacks, Josh Little, Marco Marais, Kusal Mendis, Jimmy Neesham, Anrich Nortje, Wayne Parnell, Migael Pretorius, Adil Rashid, Rilee Rossouw, Phil Salt, Shaun von Berg.
MI Cape Town
Rashid Khan, Ziyaad Abrahams, Jofra Archer, Dewald Brevis, Sam Curran, Beuran Hendricks, Duan Jansen, George Linde, Liam Livingstone, Wesley Marshall, Delano Potgieter, Kagiso Rabada, Ryan Rickelton, Grant Roelofsen, Waqar Salamkheil, Odean Smith, Olly Stone, Rassie van der Dussen.
Johannesburg Super Kings
Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Harry Brook, Nandre Burger, Gerald Coetzee, Leus du Plooy, Donovan Ferreira, George Garton, Lewis Gregory, Reeza Hendricks, Alzarri Joseph, Janneman Malan, Caleb Seleka, Romario Shepherd, Malusi Siboto, Maheesh Theekshana, Kyle Verreynne, Lizaad Williams.
Sunrisers Eastern Cape
Aiden Markram, Tom Abell, Marques Ackerman, Ottniel Baartman, Brydon Carse, Mason Crane, Jordan Cox, Junaid Dawood, Sarel Erwee, James Fuller, Aya Gqamane, Marco Jansen, Jordan Hermann, Sisanda Magala, Tristan Stubbs, Adam Rossington, Jon-Jon Smuts, Roelof van der Merwe.
10 January: MI Cape Town v Paarl Royals, Newlands, 5:30pm
11 January: Durban Super Giants v Joburg Super Giants, Kingsmead, 5:30pm
12 January: Sunrisers Eastern Cape v Pretoria Capitals, St George’s Park, 5:30pm
13 January: Paarl Royals v Joburg Super Kings, Boland Park, 1:30pm
13 January: MI Cape Town v Durban Super Giants, Newlands, 5:30pm
14 January: Pretoria Capitals v Sunrisers Eastern Cape, Centurion, 1:30pm
14 January: MI Cape Town v Durban Super Giants, Newlands, 5:30pm
15 January: Durban Super Giants v Paarl Royals, Kingsmead, 1:30pm
16 January: Sunrisers Eastern Cape v MI Cape Town, St George’s Park, 5:30pm
17 January: Paarl Royals v Durban Super Giants, Boland Park, 1:30pm
17 January: Joburg Super Kings v Pretoria Capitals, Wanderers, 5:30pm
18 January: MI Cape Town v Sunrisers Cape Town, Newlands, 1:30pm
18 January: Pretoria Capitals v Joburg Super Kings, Centurion, 5:30pm
19 January: Paarl Royals v Sunrisers Eastern Cape, Boland Park, 5:30pm
20 January: Durban Super Giants v Pretoria Capitals, Kingsmead, 5:30pm
21 January: Paarl Royals v MI Cape Town, Boland Park, 1:30pm
21 January: Sunrisers Eastern Cape v Joburg Super Kings, St George’s Park, 5:30pm
22 January: Paarl Royals v Pretoria Capitals, Boland Park, 1:30pm
22 January: Sunrisers Eastern Cape v Durban Super Giants, St George’s Park, 5:30pm
23 January: MI Cape Town v Pretoria Capitals, Newlands, 5:30pm
24 January: Sunrisers Eastern Cape v Paarl Royals, St George’s Park, 1:30pm
24 January: Joburg Super Kings v Durban Super Giants, Wanderers, 5:30pm
2 February: Durban Super Giants v MI Cape Town, Kingsmead, 5:30pm
3 February: Joburg Super Kings v Paarl Royals, Wanderers, 1:30pm
3 February: Durban Super Giants v Sunrisers Eastern Cape, 5:30pm
4 February: Pretoria Capitals v MI Cape Town, Centurion, 5:30pm
5 February: Joburg Super Kings v Sunrisers Eastern Cape, Wanderers, 1:30pm
5 February: Pretoria Capitals v Durban Super Giants, Centurion, 5:30pm
6 February: Joburg Super Kings v MI Cape Town, Wanderers, 5:30pm
7 February: Pretoria Capitals v Paarl Royals, Centurion, 5:30pm
8 February: Semi-final One, 1 v 4, Wanderers, 5:30pm
9 February: Semi-final Two, 2 v 3, Centurion, 5:30pm
11 February: Final, Wanderers, 5:30pm